The authorities had twice, in 2008 and 2011, warned about the deficiencies in the equipment of the site at Mont Méron.
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The comptroller of the Israeli state announced, Monday, May 3, the opening of an investigation into the crowd movement which left 45 dead during a religious holiday. Tens of thousands of people took part, on the night of Thursday April 29 to Friday April 30, in this Orthodox Jewish pilgrimage to Mount Meron, in the north of the country. Responsible for supervising the functioning of public institutions, the State Comptroller’s office had twice, in 2008 and 2011, warned of the deficiencies in the equipment of the site at Mont Méron. “If this had been corrected, perhaps the catastrophe could have been avoided”, estimated Matanyahu Englman at a press conference.
The Minister of Transport is in the hot seat for having, according to the local press, chartered coaches to allow participants to go to the pilgrimage. At least 30,000 Orthodox Jews took part in the celebrations, far more than the 10,000 people allowed in the compound according to the tonnage set by the authorities. Among the dead, whose identification was completed Sunday, May 2, are about fifteen children and adolescents, including six Americans, two Canadians and at least two Franco-Israelis.